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Israel Wages War on Human Rights

Multiple incidents happen daily.

by Stephen Lendman

Daily incidents reveal Israeli state terrorism writ large. Praying to the wrong God is called terrorism. So is wanting out from under Israel's repressive boot.

Occupation harshness knows no limits. Torture is official policy. So are virtually all other crimes against humanity. Palestinian civilians suffer most. Children are treated like adults. Going to and from school is hazardous. 

Dedicated human rights advocates are targeted. Ayman Ameed Ahmad Nasser is one of many. He's a researcher and member of Addameer's Prisoner Support Association.

Established in 1992, Addameer provides legal services for Israeli political prisoners. It supports them nationally and internationally. It works to end torture and other abuses. It conducts solidarity human rights campaigns.

"Addameer believes in the importance of building a free and democratic Palestinian society based on justice, equality, rule of law and respect for human rights within the larger framework of the right to self-determination." 

"Addameer's work is based on a belief in the universality of human rights as enshrined in international law."

Last August, Israel called Addameer co-founder Abdullatif Ghaith a "threat to state security." No evidence, of course, suggests it. He was told to appear for questioning. On arrival, he was ordered to sign a statement. It bans him from traveling abroad. 

He was targeted earlier. Supporting human rights in Israel or Occupied Palestine is hazardous. Since becoming Addameer's chairman, Ghaith was administratively detained uncharged three times. 

Each incarceration lasted six months. He endured brutal treatment. So do all Palestinian prisoners under gulag conditions. Most recently, Ghaith was held from June 2004 - January 2005.

At the time, a joint statement signed by 11 Palestinian and Israeli human rights organizations strongly condemned Israel's action. 

They said incarcerating Ghaith "cannot be viewed in isolation but must be viewed within a much broader context of a systematic attempt by Israel to suppress Palestinian civil society and stifle Palestinian development"."

It's also about strengthening Israel's occupation, they added. Civil society organizations are especially vulnerable. Supporting human rights can land advocates in prison. Israel also terrorizes them other ways. At the time, Ghaith said:

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